Many of our suppliers are making improvements, setting standards and being acknowledged for their quality environmental and employment practices. Some examples include:
- Meat patty supplier, Australian Food Corporation (AFC) was recognised by the Environmental Protection Authority in 2009 for achievements in CO2 emission reduction and better utilisation of waste streams. By changing operational practices they have been able to reduce their water use by 52 per cent and significantly reduce the quantity of waste collected from their site.
- French Fries supplier, McCain, has developed a new potato variety that meets McDonald’s quality requirements whilst providing greater productivity and environmental benefits. The potato uses significantly less irrigation water than other potato crops. In comparison to the potato variety used primarily by McDonald’s, this new variety is also more adaptable to dry conditions and more resistant to common pests and diseases. This means a reduction in the pesticide and fungicide used by farmers and also makes the safe storage of the potato simpler.
- Beef, chicken and fish supplier, OSI was recently acknowledged within the McDonald’s global system for significantly reducing water use at its Blacktown, NSW meat processing facility. OSI captures and recycles defrost water from spiral freezers and has increased the size of storage tanks to collect rainwater. Water collected through these processes is used for replenishing evaporative losses on cooling towers, truck washing, landscape maintenance and toilets.
- McCain Ballarat invested more than $1 million in 2006 and 2007 to improve the water efficiency of their plant due to severe drought conditions in the area. McCain also trained employees on smart water use at work and at home and provided them with subsidies for installing water saving devices in their homes. Since 2006 McCain Ballarat has reduced their overall water use by more than 40 per cent.
- With a commitment to reducing waste to landfill McKey Distribution recycles all waste cardboard and pallet wrap generated by incoming goods at each of their six Australian distribution centres. This year McKey Distribution has recycled 96 tonnes of cardboard and 109 tonnes of pallet wrap.
- Two of our major paper suppliers have achieved Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Chain of Custody (CoC) certification and this means that 83 per cent of our fibre base for Australia is now either recycled or CoC certified. We are committed to promoting the efficient and responsible use of wood and woodbased products, ensuring the fibre for our consumer packaging comes from legal and acceptable sources.